Books by David Lubar

THE BULLY BUG by David Lubar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A light wash of horror over thought-provoking observations about 'dumb' kids and the roots of bullying, with an admixture of comically gross bits. Illustrations not seen. (Horror. 9-11)"
The Monsterrific series goes Kafka in its final turn. Read full book review >
NUMBED! by David Lubar
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"While the plot might be a little thin, the number ideas more than make up for it. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole here, which is probably exactly the point. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Sixth-graders Logan and Benedict are zapped by a mathematics-loving robot, numbing them to the power of numbers. Read full book review >
EXTREMITIES by David Lubar
Released: July 23, 2013

"A bit less humor than past collections, but fans will enjoy the grue. (Short stories/horror. 11-16)"
Prolific novelist and short story writer Lubar offers up a baker's dozen of stories too gruesome for his six (so far) Weenies collections. Read full book review >
MELTDOWN MADNESS by David Lubar
Released: July 1, 2013

"A goofy romp through suddenly fungible reality, not as self-consciously clever as the previous episode and all the better for it. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
It's all about the chocolate in this episode, but Ed's struggles with the literal-minded magic coin he found in the series opener (Stranger Things, 2013) continue. Read full book review >
STRANGER THINGS by David Lubar
Released: May 1, 2013

"Despite the comical cartoon illustrations on every page, this setup volume is just possibly too clever to give its target audience any reason to read on. Now there's an existential dilemma. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Logic takes a little too much of a flyer for this series opener to hold together. Read full book review >
HYDE AND SHRIEK by David Lubar
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Ever-so-slightly creepy monster fun. (Horror. 8-12)"
The kids at Washington Irving Elementary School are about to find out their hometown of Lewington is a monster magnet. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2012

"To be devoured with relish—though maybe not broccoli. (end notes) (Short short stories. 10-12)"
The Weenie-Meister's sixth collection offers 32 more macabre minitales. Read full book review >
ATTACK OF THE VAMPIRE WEENIES by David Lubar
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 24, 2011

"All in all, the gathering assays out as rich in eye-rollers, groans and mild chills. (Funny horror short stories. 11-13)"
The lead miner of the "ha-ha-horror" vein offers 33 more microtales (all but three newly minted) in a fifth Weenies collection. Read full book review >
ENTER THE ZOMBIE by David Lubar
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"There is a bit of conclusion-jumping and acceptance of assumptions as fact in the service of the plot, and this is less of a stand-alone than previous entries, but fans will be pleased with the outcome. (Funny horror. 7-11)"
It's been a crazy year for fifth grader Nathan Abercrombie. Read full book review >
TRUE TALENTS by David Lubar
Released: March 1, 2007

"Middle-school readers might enjoy how the teens turn the tables on a deranged adult, but overall, the humor is forced and the danger is not as immediate as Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters series, which also features teens with psychic talents and packs a greater punch. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the opening pages of this sequel to Hidden Talents (1999), 15-year-old Eddie Thalmayer, aka Trash, awakens in a locked room, groggy from being overmedicated. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A few offerings, including the first 'Last Halloween,' will even make fun read-alouds in dimly lit rooms. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Jeremy keeps hearing loud thuds in the night; he's sure something is living in his septic tank. Read full book review >
SLEEPING FRESHMEN NEVER LIE by David Lubar
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2005

"Fresh, funny and perfectly plausible as a demonstration of various writing exercises for classroom use, but only if you like laughter. (Fiction. YA)"
Scott's wacky life always plays out in totally unexpected ways. Read full book review >
DOG DAYS by David Lubar
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"The story threads knit together for a happy ending that will leave them wishing it had lasted longer. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Larry Haskins spent a nearly wonderful summer playing baseball and caring for his three stray dogs. Read full book review >
WIZARDS OF THE GAME by David Lubar
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Gamers and general light comedy fans will love it. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A role-playing game draws the ire of both a church group and a quartet of real wizards in this double-stranded, tongue-in-cheek tale from the author of Dunk (2002). Read full book review >
DUNK by David Lubar
FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"Will appeal to junior-high boys who aren't looking for a challenging read. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Lubar's (Hidden Talents, 1999, etc.) latest is somewhat weaker than the sum of its parts. Read full book review >
HIDDEN TALENTS by David Lubar
Released: June 1, 1999

An eighth grader discovers five schoolmates with psychic powers in this amateurish effort from Lubar. Read full book review >